Maurice Pilgrim footpath opening

A huge crowd gathered last Tuesday to see Bordertown local icon Maurice Pilgrim officially open his very own footpath.

Maurice cut the ribbon on his new footpath in front of a large number of family and friends on a special day for the Bordertown local.

Local resident Jo Nixon originally tabled an idea to the Tatiara District Council to honour the popular member of the community by naming the stretch of footpath he walks so often after him.

“After they started to build the footpath, I jokingly said that they should name it after him and it all happened from there,” Jo said.

Maurice used to work at Tatiara Handy Help, where his connection with Jo began, before retiring at age 60.

After leaving the shop, he had more time to collect cans and bottles throughout the day.

Each day Maurice would walk along the path and often residents would leave cans out for him collect.

Maurice was the recipient of an award from the Bordertown on the move committee last year for his outstanding community contribution over many years in cleaning up Bordertown. 

Maurice was able to create a bond with just about everyone that he came across, he always had time to chat and was genuinely interested in what people had to say. 

“Maurice was so appreciative of the support that people have shown him throughout his health battle,” said Maurice’s brother Graham.

“He is still talking about last Tuesday and how good it was to see so many people.”

While Maurice is passionate about the local community he is also an avid supporter of Norwood in the SANFL. His connection with the club dates back to when he was at Mindahome.

When he moved to Bordertown, being a true blue Norwood supporter, Maurice found it hard to bring himself to support Bordertown in the local football, as the colours did not match up with his beloved Redlegs.

As Maurice’s health has started to deteriorate, friends have still managed to pick him up and take him to every Bordertown game except one this year. The one match that was missed was due to Norwood playing the Crows at the Parade, where Maurice was lucky enough to toss the coin before the match.

Maurice and his family would like to thank everyone who attended the opening last Tuesday and for the well wishes that he has received as he continues to fight his illness. It is greatly appreciated by Maurice and his family.